Remembrance Service Address

Mr Wyld addressed the school at our Remembrance Service at St Peter's church with some poignant words....

From the Squadron Bar, the Dambusters Memorial and the war graves in the cemetery, we are surrounded by poignant reminders of our past. Entering St. Peter’s church, we are greeted immediately by the name of Captain Street and behind me here the names of some of those others who have given their lives. Commemorating so many men and women over the years who have given their lives to enable us to enjoy our own is our way of acknowledging the debt we owe.

Today’s service was about the stories of those who serve or who have served. We heard this afternoon about the Lancasters (one of which we are privileged to have still flying nearby), an inspirational tale of courage and determination, as well as about the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and it was a privilege to welcome Warrant Officer John Leonard from RAF Coningsby to speak to us today.

It is apt that, given the role that Woodhall Spa has played in the history of both Bomber Command and of the Royal Air Force, we extend this support through our retiring collection, the proceeds of which will go to the RAFBF.

In addition, we supported the Royal British Legion with our poppies – St. Hugh’s is very proud that our young people are showing their gratitude to those who have made the final sacrifice as well as to those, even today, who safeguard our liberty in numerous theatres around the world.

We gathered today to remember lives given in the service of our Country, those traumatised and injured in conflict, and to thank those who serve today as well as those who need support long after their service has ended.